By Larry Keane
Judge Amy Coney Barrett showed the nation several things for which she won’t apologize during her nomination hearings. She won’t apologize for her keen intellect, her dedication to originalist interpretation of the law and she won’t apologize for being a gun owner.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) quickly got to the point on gun rights.
“Okay. So when it comes to your personal views about this topic, do you own a gun?” he asked.
“We do own a gun,” Judge Barrett replied.
“Okay. All right. Do you think you could fairly decide a case even though you own a gun?” Sen. Graham continued.
“Yes,” she said.
With that, Judge Barrett told the committee and America that she doesn’t view the Second Amendment as a matter of rhetorical legal debate. Judge Barrett is a gun owner. She exercises her right to keep and bear arms. She also confirmed to Sen. Graham that Heller affirmed an individual’s right to keep and bear and that if a state or local government passed a law contrary to that finding, the Supreme Court would be required to hear that case if the appeals made it all the way up.
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